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Gervase phinn on the other side of the dale

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What impression do you form of Joseph Richard Barclay? The young student Gervase Phinn meets, Joseph Richard Barclay intrigues Phinn as he calls Joseph his companion which shows Phinns interest in Joseph and his respect towards him as if he was a grown up. We are also impressed by the fact Joseph introduces himself like a grown up by shaking Phinns hand. The fact that Joseph speaks in an old fashioned manner and uses sophisticated words like "Perished" and "skirmished" is unusual for an eleven year old which gives us the impression that he is not ordinary like the rest of his classmates. Joseph's language is inappropriate for a boy of his age he not only speaks in an outdated and mature way but his language is more like a teachers way of speaking as he says he has to "collect the register" like a teacher does. ...read more.


The greyness of josephs clothes is portrays his character which is sombre and conservative unlike a boy of his age also we don't normally associate grey clothes with a child due to the darkness of the colour and because we normally think of bright clothes for children. Joseph is a serious child and when Phinn says that Josephs "quite the expert" as a joke Joseph takes it literally and "nodded seriously" which makes us wonder if he has any sense of humour. Unlike the other children Joseph stays in at break time tidying up the library which we don't expect for a boy of his age which adds to his peculiarity. Moreover he wrote an account of the schools history which is atypical for a boy of his age to be intrigued in such a thing while the rest ...read more.


battle Even Miss Precious says that "he is a very unusual little boy" and asks advice from the inspector about his education which highlights that he is very odd indeed if his teacher asks advice and says that her own pupil is strange. Furthermore he does not socialise with the other children but is not shy and is forward when he speaks to the inspector On the whole we see that Joseph is very odd indeed and isn't an average boy of his age as he does not play with the rest of the children and acts very adult like, we notice that he does not have any friends and does not interact with the other children and prefers to spend his break in the class which is peculiar for an eleven year old. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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